Sunday, 16 May 2021
Recovery work in Dhofar is going on in full swing, with most resorts expected to fully reopen in time for Eid al Fitr and khareef season. Hotel operators are hopeful the damage caused due to Cyclone Mekunu will not be a deterrent to visitors.

Mekunu will not impact company in Dhofar, say hotel operators

Marhoon Said al Amri, director common of Tourism as well, stated, that the tourist season this year is anticipated to be far better than the prior a single thanks to the heavy rain that the governorate witnessed due to Mekunu. Salalah gets maximum guests in the course of the khareef season.

Despite some hotels and resorts becoming closed down for some time following Cyclone Mekunu, most properties are good and stated bookings for Eid have began choosing up. Dhofar Tourism Company which owns the Mirbat Marriott Resort stated, that its resort has been subjected to different damages due to the cyclone. “We are at present in the method of assessing the damages and are operating closely with our insurance coverage business.

On the other hand, the resort is virtually shut due to lack of energy and water,” it stated. However, an official at the Mirbat Marriott Resort told Muscat Daily that the home will open in time for Eid al Fitr. “Right now, our property is closed but will reopen before Eid. We expect to reopen on June 12 if all goes well. We are optimistic and we don’t think the recent cyclone will affect our business during the season,” the official stated.

Hilton Salalah Resort as well stated it will reopen on June eight. “Our property is still closed for guests because of minor damages. However, we will reopen on June 8 in time for Eid al Fitr holidays and khareef season,” an official at the resort stated. Hilton Salalah Resort owners as well stated that it has suffered different damages and therefore the hotel is at present closed.

“We are currently in the process of assessing the damages and are working closely with our insurance companies. The management is confident that most of the costs/losses including Loss of Profit will be covered under our various insurance policies,” the statement stated. Other hotel properties who Muscat Daily spoke to stated they are all prepared to welcome the guests. “Our hotel is open. We just suffered minor damage outside the hotel but we are up and running and ready for the Eid holidays as well as the khareef season guests,” a front desk official at Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, stated. The Samharam Tourist Village and Haffa House Salalah as well stated they are prepared. The 3-month khareef season officially starts from June 21.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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